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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

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What are some examples of confidence as a theme in the book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry?

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Confidence is one of many themes in Mildred D. Taylor’s book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The main character, Cassie Logan, is a self-confident girl who is unafraid to stand up for what she believes in and the people she loves. Cassie’s confidence was definitely influenced by her parents, who are both strong, self-confident characters. Consider how her mother organizes the boycott of the Wallaces' store. She is confident in her ability to make a statement through this boycott, even though she knows organizing it puts herself at great risk. Also, recall how proud and confident Cassie’s father is. He talks to Cassie about the land and says,

You ain’t never had to live on nobody’s place but your own and long as I live and the family survives, you’ll never have to.

Here, Cassie’s father shows how confident he is in keeping his family and his land close. The way he bravely burns the land also reflects this spirit, as it shows how confident the family is in their ability to stay strong in the face of adversity. Through such confident characters, Taylor comments on the importance of confidence in a harsh society.

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